New: Wine Brothers
Casas Adobes Plaza welcomes a new locally owned wine store, Wine Brothers, at 635 W. Ina Road (next to Pei Wei Asian Diner). The 3,500-square-foot Tuscan village-like store offers complimentary wine tasting from a selection of five wines that change weekly. Also available are wines by the glass, by 3-ounce pours or flights. In February, cheese plates will be offered, but for now, you can BYOF (bring your own food) to go with the wine experience. A room is available for private tasting events. Call 575-0134 for hours.
New: Pinoy Fast Foods
The name doesn't do this restaurant justice, as it's more than just fast. Pinoy dishes up Filipino food, steam-table style, daily at 7159 E. Broadway Blvd. (behind DSW Shoes). Hours vary, so call 722-7399 to verify.
Vintabla opens Wednesday, Jan. 24, for dinner only at Plaza Colonial, 2890 E. Sunrise Drive. Vintabla is a combination restaurant, wine and cheese store, bar and lounge. It will open for lunch starting Feb. 9; 577-6210.
French Quarter Turns Seven
The French Quarter celebrates its seventh anniversary on Saturday, Jan. 20, with live music (Tony and the Torpedoes), Bayou cuisine, drink specials and all the beads that you can put around your neck at 3146 E. Grant Road; 318-4767.
I recently asked where one could find good latkes in town. Quite by surprise, I found some frozen potato latkes (pancakes) at Roma Imports, 627 S. Vine Ave., which made me think about how yummy they would taste with meatballs and spicy Bolognese sauce for a taste of culinary diversity.
Si No More
Si Grille on Oracle Road in Oro Valley closed. Why? The food was quite good, but the service iffy. It had good signage, but did it advertise? Perhaps since many people in Oro Valley live in cookie-cutter houses, they also want chain restaurants where the food tastes the same, whether in Tacoma or Tucson.